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Significant Changes from ASCE 7-10 to ASCE 7-16 Seminar
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST
Category: Affiliate Events


Member $695

Non-Member $795

*SEAW member discount code SIG15 

Purpose and Background

ASCE 7-16 contains significant changes from ASCE 7-10 in the areas of seismic design, wind design, snow design, and more.  A brand new chapter on design against tsunami loads has been added.  Several of the seismic chapters have been extensively rewritten. Since  ASCE  7 eventually becomes law through adoption by the  International Building Code (IBC)  and  then  through adoption of  the  IBC  by legal building codes of local jurisdictions, a practicing engineer has no choice but to keep up with these changes. The changes are also of interest to the code enforcement community, academics, advanced-level students, and others.

This seminar discusses all significant changes between the 2010 and the 2016 editions of the ASCE 7 standard, following a chapter-by-chapter sequence. Each change is explained, the background to it is given to the extent practicable, and its impact is also discussed, when that can be assessed. The emphasis is on what a practicing engineer needs to implement the changes in their design, with confidence and full understanding.

ASCE 7-16 is scheduled to be released in early January 2017. Barring unforeseen circumstances, it will be the referenced standard for design loads and seismic design provisions in the 2018 IBC. ASCE 7-16 will thus acquire the force of law within a city, county, or state whenever that legal entity adopts the 2018 IBC as the basis of its building code. Thus practicing engineers and code enforcement personnel have no choice but to keep up with changes in the ASCE 7 standard.

Seminar Benefits and Learning Outcomes

At the end of the seminar, each attendee will have an overall view of how the ASCE 7 standard has changed from its 2010 to its 2016 edition and will be able to apply each of the significant changes.

The learner will be able to:

  • Understand the changes from ASCE 7-10 to ASCE 7-16
  • Apply each change to everyday situations
  • Understand why particular changes were made
  • Figure out how a particular change may impact design and/or construction
  • Utilize knowledge of the changes to avoid violating important requirements in the latest building codes
  • Avoid costly errors that may result from a lack of understanding of one or more changes
  • With a basic understanding of ASCE 7-16, realize how some of the changes have a cumulative impact on design

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

Achievement of the learning outcomes will be assessed through a question and answer session as well as a self-administered evaluation quiz.

Who Should Attend?

Practicing structural engineers, code enforcement personnel in building departments, structural engineers in government agencies, university faculty in structural engineering, and advanced-level university students studying structural engineering.

Seminar Outline

TIME: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This one-day seminar will cover:

  • Changes in the general/basic requirements of Chapter 1
  • Changes in design load combinations
  • Changes to the design live load provisions
  • An introduction to the new chapter on tsunami loads
  • Changes in design for snow loads
  • Changes in seismic design provisions including the introduction of new seismic ground motion maps and major changes in provisions for nonstructural components and nonbuilding structures
  • Changes in wind design provisions including the introduction of new design wind speed maps.

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